Harvard Medical School Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Pros
  • Good benefits, good managers, great work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits, hours, people and atmosphere (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • That being said, everyone recognizes that, and most PIs that I know work hard to make the labs in my department a great place to work (in 2 reviews)

  • It's really just luck of the draw (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Postdoc

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    high level science, very stimulating environment.

    Cons

    Highly competitive, work/life balance not good


  2. One of the best for academia

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    High level labs. Cutting-edge researches. Talented colleagues. Completely included various fields which provided broad insights and numerous collaboration opportunities.

    Cons

    Relatively low income as living in Boston is expensive. Generally working is intense. As the competition culture, working here is highly stressful relative to other academic institutes.

    Advice to Management

    Firstly, you have to be really passionate about science. High commitment is required. Secondly, be well organized with the stress and time management. Thirdly, deal well with work/life balance.


  3. Instructor at HMS

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Instructor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best place to perform research, brilliant interaction, brilliant colleagues and mentor

    Cons

    severe limitation on writing grant applications


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  5. Great postdoctoral office

    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great core facilities, especially in microscopy and image analysis. Great workshops for career development, provided by an excellent postdoc office.

    Cons

    Not as collaborative as I thought it would be. Much emphasis placed on "impact" compared to just doing good science.


  6. Instructor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great scientists and colleagues. The research seminars given by guest speakers are stimulating. World leaders in research and technology give seminars at Harvard Med weekly.

    Cons

    Although the there is plenty of excellent equipment, at times it is difficult to access state-of-the-art technology in neighboring departments due to bureaucratic logistics.

    Advice to Management

    It would be helpful to erode the academic silos between departments. Harvard Medical School contains a bevy of resources; however, it could be optimized to share the equipment among all departments.


  7. Executive Assistant

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    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Personal Assistant in Miami, FL

    I worked at Harvard Medical School

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great staff and director to work for

    Cons

    unfortunately, this was a temporary assisgnment

    Advice to Management

    continue doing what you're doing


  8. great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Harvard Medical School full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    amazing people and benefits, especially educational benefits.

    Cons

    few mid-level positions and little internal advancement.


  9. research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great research environment including numerous seminars and conferences in the area, strong collaborations with local groups, highly qualified colleagues, easy to access to supports and rare techniques and machines

    Cons

    highly competitive, high living cost, relatively low pay, poor housing, poor benefits, extremely busy, minimum life outside of working place.

    Advice to Management

    communicate with others, focused, hard work, have some brake, aggressive, motivated, social meeting to share your experience and reduce the stress,


  10. Bioinformatics

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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Wonderful resources

    Cons

    Slow pace and lots of red tape.


  11. Good compensation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great working environment and potential for development

    Cons

    salary a little low, high stress and lots of off hour work



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